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Originally posted by weedwhacker
I think the intent was clear.
GWB brought a lot of the cascade of ridicule down on himself, all by himself. Didn't need any outside influences to instigate. Need only refer to the 'Bushisms' for examples.
Talk about a "puppet"!!!!! I bring, to the Jury, the morning of September 11, 2001. A school room, in Florida. A trusted Aide whispers into your ear, "The Country is Under Attack!" (This, after the second hit on the WTC). YOU are the POTUS.
WHAT would you do?!?
WOULD you sit there? OR, being a 'statesman', would you instead make a very clever excuse to leave the room immediately, and apologize in a way that children would understand, if you knew how children's minds worked.
NO! Instead, you sit there for nearly seven minutes...NOT seconds!! MINUTES!!!!
THIS harkens back to the 'Three-AM Phone call', doesn't it?? Imagine GWB, being awakened at 0300...would he have made a decision in seven minutes??? Or, would it have taken longer????
Despite the Obama administrations (and its sycophants) attempt to spin yesterdays success as a result of bold, decisive leadership by the inexperienced president, the reality is nothing of the sort. What should have been a standoff lasting only hours as long as it took the USS Bainbridge and its team of NSWC operators to steam to the location became an embarrassing four day and counting standoff between a ragtag handful of criminals with rifles and a U.S. Navy warship.
Originally posted by earlywatcher
reply to post by w7en-us
I find the federal sanctions bit especially interesting. I googled the phrase federal sanctions and it appears to mean cutting off federal funding to anybody who doesn't cooperate with the feds orders. So how can the feds threaten to cut off funding to all these agencies if they told the public about an upcoming photo op? it makes no sense.
An Air Force officer who served in the Clinton White House and for two years carried the "nuclear football" briefcase of codes says it's almost certain that the "highest levels" of the Obama administration knew about and approved this week's stunt in which Air Force One buzzed New York City.
Retired Lt. Col. Buzz Patterson served in Clinton's White House from 1996 to 1998 and was responsible for the president's "emergency satchel," the black bag of nuclear codes that accompanies the president at all times.
He wrote "Reckless Disregard" and "Dereliction of Duty" after his retirement from the military.
During an interview on "The Andrea Shea King Show" last night, he said, "I can't imagine that anyone who works in the Air Force thought that was a good idea. I have worked in the White House and having worked for the Military Office, with the guys at Andrews Air Force Base and the ground crews, that (decision) had to come down from on high."
"It defies my belief that the White House staff did not know they were launching the 747 to go up and do this. So it had to come down from the White House. It wouldn't have been done on behalf of the folks at Andrews (Air Force Base). It would have been done at the direction of the White House," he said.
Patterson said the low-flying escapade over Manhattan clearly was not an oversight.
Does that mean the president also knew?
"I'm guessing he probably did. Did Emanuel know about it? I guarantee you he did. It did not come from the Andrews folks. It came from on high," Patterson said.
"No doubt Caldera is taking the hit for this… that's kind of how the Obama administration works, much like the Clinton administration – they have to push this down to the lowest level that it'll actually stick. So they had to push this down to 'Who can we cut loose?' And I guarantee you he’ll be fired within the next week or two. This façade of an investigation and a review of what happened will end up on his desktop and he'll be fired. … But it probably wasn't his fault. It probably came from above, and he was the person, the lackey, executing the orders to do this. He called Andrews and the Andrews Wing Commander got involved and the president's pilot squadron got involved and so this thing happened. So he'll probably be the guy that's the scapegoat."
Something similar happened on Apr. 27, 2009, when the Presidential Airlift Group conducted a photo mission above New York City involving the VC-25 and an F-16 between the 10.00L and 10.30L. The flight was coordinated by the Defense Department and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and notifications were sent to the emergency centers, to the NY Police Deparment and to the New Jersey State Police (plus a few more operations centers in the area) but people didn’t expect to see a fighter escorting a wide-body (one of the two flying for the POTUS as the “Air Force One”) above Battery Park City and the Hudson River. The sight of the two aircraft frightened residents and workers in Manhattan who called 911 and other authorities asking for information. Some buildings even self evacuated.
"There's gotta be a little gallows humor to get you through the day." President Obama.